Hélène Barthélemy joined the ACLU of Florida in November 2022 to focus on reproductive freedom.
Hélène is a former investigative journalist. She notably revealed the influence of rape denier groups on campus sexual assault regulations drafted by the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos. Hélène previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center. There, she launched the organization’s focus on Male Supremacy, to uncover the role of political movements hateful to women in the US and abroad. In this context, she investigated the influence of the American religious right on legislation curtailing women’s and LGBTQ+ rights in Europe. She then advocated to stop regressive ideas and junk science at national and European institutions.
Hélène graduated magna cum laude from Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Public Service Scholar. During law school, she represented wrongfully convicted clients at the Innocence Project and interned for the ACLU’s National Security Project. She was an Alexander Fellow for Judge Patty Shwartz at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University.
Hélène joins as legal fellow pending her admission to the Florida Bar.